I am pleased that this will be our 8th Ag|Food Tech Workshop, and it does feel like it has become a bit of an institution. There are regulars who have attended for all seven prior events, and I hope they will make it eight. However, this year is different in that we are hosting the Workshop through our new events company, Doon Insights, and we are opening registration up to the public. We decided that if Covid has forced us online, we might as well make the best of it by providing access to more attendees and speakers in more places.
The content of our Workshops has always reflected the shifts and advances in technology and the marketplace. It was only a few years ago that we were focused on precision agriculture, and then we started seeing AI/ML everywhere, and next the flood of alternative protein and sugar substitute companies began, and then the syn bio wave hit us. These trends are still with us, even as we continue to search out the next new thing in the sector. Of course, Covid is the elephant in the room in Ag and Food Tech as it is with most sectors.
As you will see above, we have already set the discussion panel agenda for this Workshop. This year we have decided to emphasize the industry's infrastructure and supply chain. We will have a panels on the global cold chain (a giant but underreported industry), a panel on indoor ag, and another panel on the food supply chain in China (one of the key markets for US agriculture products). We have 5 other terrific panels, and we have recruited some of the leading experts and investors in the sector to speak.
As always, startups are the core of our program, which provide a window onto the next generation of technologies.